I Will Rise

Album: Hello Love (2008)

Songfacts®:

  • Tomlin wrote this song with the pastor Louie Giglio, who often collaborates on lyrics with Tomlin. In 2011, Chris told us how the song came together: "We were sitting across a table at lunch one day and he said, 'Man, I feel like there needs to be more songs for people who are really going through the hardest time in life. They're struggling and maybe have just buried someone and they're looking over a grave. And that sense of loss, that hurt of loss of losing someone. But what kind of words can you give people in that moment in worship, to worship God in the midst of it?' And that song specifically speaks to that. I wrote down a little line that he said, 'the grave is overwhelmed.' That's the line that he was carrying. I took that one line, 'The grave if overwhelmed,' and built the song around it. So, 'Jesus was overcome/And the grave is overwhelmed/Victory is won/He's risen from the dead.' And that became a song of real hope for people who lose someone and know that this is not the end. That this life, the physical flesh is not the end, but God has given us life everlasting spirit, that's our hope." (Here's our full Chris Tomlin interview.)

Comments: 3

  • Larry from Largo, FloridaChris, this song is one of your most powerful. I sang it at both my wife's and brother's funeral. Thanks for your inspiration. Blessings!
  • Amy from MissouriThank you Chris for writing and producing this. I have sang this for a lady in her 40's dying of cancer stage 4. She died after I sang that and it is really touching that she heard that at her last Church service. Also, tomorrow I sing I will rise at my Grandmothers funeral. Thank you! God bless!
  • Andrea from Purvis, MsThis song is wonderful, I had an Uncle pass away in December and I thank of him every time I hear it. I love it
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